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Federal Funds Help Monmouth County Program Train Sandy-Impacted Displaced Homemakers for New Careers

For Immediate Release Contact: Ernest Landante, Jr.
June 13, 2014 609-292-0422

TRENTON - New Jersey Department of Children and Families Commissioner Allison Blake today visited Displaced Homemakers Services at Brookdale Community College and met with several program participants.  The Brookdale program, which serves Monmouth County, was among several displaced homemaker programs in Sandy-impacted areas to share in the state's allocation of federal Social Service Block Grant funds to augment program services.

"Displaced homemakers are extremely capable individuals who have suddenly found themselves unable to support either themselves or their family," said Commissioner Blake.  "New Jersey recognizes the sacrifices these homemakers have made to care for their families.  By supporting the work being done by Displaced Homemakers Services at Brookdale Community College and similar programs throughout the state, we're helping these women gain the necessary skills that will lead to personal and economic self-sufficiency."

A displaced homemaker is someone who served their family as a stay-at-home mom or dad and was supported by their spouse or partner.  Due to divorce, disability, death, unemployment or under employment of their spouse or partner, this homemaker must now acquire or upgrade skills to reenter the workforce and support their family.

Displaced Homemakers Services at Brookdale Community College provides an array of services to displaced homemakers, including career guidance, support groups, skills training, workshops, and referrals to educational institutions and community agencies.

"Since 1982, funding through the Division on Women has allowed us to help thousands achieve financial self-sufficiency during a very difficult time in their lives," said Dr. Maureen Murphy, president of Brookdale Community College.  "Each year, a diverse group of individuals engage in a variety of workshops and services that empower them to make decisions and develop skills to support themselves and their families. We are proud to be a part of their transformation."

DCF is dedicated to ensuring a better today and an even greater tomorrow for every individual the department serves. In partnership with New Jersey's communities, DCF ensures the safety, well-being, and success of New Jersey's children and families. DCF funds and directly provides services and support to over 100,000 women, children, and families each month.